All nutrition appointments for the Wellness Center must be made by calling Dial-A-Nurse or online. The Wellness Center does not accept walk-in appointments. To schedule an appointment please call Dial-A-Nurse at 773.508.8883 or schedule online.
*Please arrive 15 minutes early to initial appointments in order to compete screening surveys upon check-in.*
All students enrolled in undergraduate and graduate programs that have paid the student activity fee are eligible for nutrition services through the Wellness Center.
Students seek nutrition services for a variety of reasons. Some common reasons include:
- healthy, budget-friendly meal planning
- food allergies or intolerances
- gastrointestinal problems
- sports nutrition for athletes
- weight management
- disordered eating support and guidance
- emotional/mindful eating
- vitamin/mineral deficiencies
- guidance for vegetarian/vegan diets
You can expect a conversation about your current eating habits and how food fits into your life. Nutrition information seems to inundate us, but is not always accurate, and speaking with a registered dietitian is a reliable way to learn about nutrition and have your concerns addressed. The dietitian will need some background to help you with a plan to make healthy eating feel natural. Based on your specific needs and goals, follow-up consultations may be recommended.
Give some thought to these questions, “What would you like to accomplish from meeting with the dietitian? Have you made dietary changes in the past? What has worked and what has not?” This is important if you have something in mind in addition to the reason your clinician is referring you. The more specific you can be, the more you will get out of the consultation.
- Food journal: a 3-5 day food journal can be a great tool in helping get us started
- Medications you are currently taking
- Packages, labels or websites for any vitamins, minerals, protein powder, other nutrition supplements or herbs you are taking
Initial consultations are scheduled for 1 hour, follow up appointments are scheduled for 45 minutes. You may also be asked to completed healthy questionnaires on the computers upon check-in, so you should plan to arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment time. Arriving more than 15 minutes late will result in your appointment being cancelled.
The Wellness Center provides short-term care, which means that students have a limited number of nutrition counseling sessions. Students who are seeking longer-term nutrition counseling, or whose dietitian determines would benefit from longer-term care, will be provided with referrals to providers in the community. We will try our best to find a good fit for you, factoring in cost and insurance.
To request a nutrition presentation for your organization, please fill out the Wellness Center Program Request Form.
The Wellness Center also sponsors a student organization, the Body Project, that provides peer led workshops on positive body image. To request a Body Project workshop, submit this Body Project 2019-20 Group Program Request Form .
What kind of services are provided for eating disorders?
We recognize the need for support surrounding issues of weight, body image and disordered eating for male and female students on our campus. Upon seeking Wellness Center services, you will be connected with an Eating Disorder Assessment and Treatment (EDAT) team. The EDATT is a multidisciplinary team who provides individualized assessments, treatment recommendations, and referrals for students struggling with eating and weight concerns.
We find that working together using a coordinated approach provides students with the highest standard of care. LUC Wellness Center Staff base decision making and treatment recommendations on national standards of care for the treatment of eating disorders (American Psychiatric Association’s Level of Care Guidelines for Patients with Eating Disorders).
Multidisciplinary assessment and treatment is provided utilizing the expertise of mental health providers, medical providers and a registered dietician. A consultation with each provider will be required. The providers will then meet to discuss treatment recommendations that will best suit your needs and provides the level of care necessary.
Components of care provided by your EDAT team (when indicated) include: mental health and medical evaluation (including laboratory tests), brief-individual psychotherapy, nutrition consultation and meal planning, weight checks, case management and referrals to community providers. Should you be receiving components of your treatment outside of LUC’s Wellness Center, Wellness Center staff may request documentation of this treatment in order to collaborate with outside providers.
There are some situations where a student’s needs may be more intensive than the Wellness Center can provide. In those situations, your EDAT team will talk with you about your current symptoms, treatment recommendations and assist you in securing the most appropriate level of treatment to meet your needs.